Separatist group blamed for lethal ambush in southern Thailand

14:28, July 02, 2010      

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Armed militants of the RKK separatist movement were believed responsible for an ambush in which five people were killed in the southernmost province of Narathiwat on Thursday, police said, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

Pol Col Banlue Chuwet, deputy chief of Narathiwat police, was speaking after he and forensic police from Rueso district police station examined the ambush site on a road in Bomi village of Rueso sub-district.

The violence attack occurred at about 6.50 p.m. when a patrol of the 46th Ranger Regiment was returning to their base in Rueso district on a pick-up truck.

Police found a large number of spent 9mm and HK-33 rifle shells at the scene.

The ambush was believed to have been carried out by the armed insurgent group under the RKK separatist movement led by Mana Samae, Pol Col Banlue said.

Thailand's deep south comprises mainly of the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwas, and the four districts of Song-kla province.

At least 3,500 people have been killed by almost daily violence by the suspected separatists since January 2004.

Source: Xinhua


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